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6 Ocak 2015 Salı

ISTANBUL The Basilica Cistern

The Basilica Cistern

Sixth-century Byzantine cistern built by Justinian I and is located south-west of St. Sophia. The water was brought from Belgrade Forest, 19 km north of Istanbul, and had a capacity to store 100,000 tons of water. It features fine brick vaults supported by 336 different types of columns brought here from different parts of the Empire. Basilica Cistern, or Underground (Yerebatan) as locals call it, now houses a café and hosts musical and theatrical performances and half. There are also two Medusa friezes brought from the temple of Apollo at Didyma (Didim Today). Its dimensions are 140x70x9 meters.